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August 30, 2008

Palin VP Pick Not Guaranteed to Earn McCain Female Voters

As Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joins the GOP presidential ticket as John McCain’s running mate, questions abound over whether her candidacy will benefit the Arizona senator in winning over the largest voting bloc in the presidential election — women.
Palin is a life member of the National Rifle Association and a staunch anti-abortion advocate, both qualities that quickly earned McCain’s candidacy points with conservatives. But her stance on abortion, in particular, could make it difficult to win over disgruntled supporters of former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
“Senator McCain made a historic and strategic choice in choosing Gov. Sarah Palin with the clear intent of reaching out to female Hillary supporters. There’s only one obvious problem — she’s not Hillary Clinton,” Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis told FOXNews.com.
Sources close to McCain told FOXNews.com on condition of anonymity that the campaign hopes to capture former Clinton supporters still disheartened over her loss to Barack Obama. But while Palin is an anti-abortion Republican, Clinton is an abortion-rights supporting Democrat.
“And so it is unlikely, given the right-wing Bush-like positions of McCain and Palin that the Republican ticket can win over a significant percentage of the more progressive-minded Hillary supporters,” Kofinis said.
National Organization for Women PAC Chairwoman Kim Gandy released a statement saying Clinton supporters will find Palin is not an “advocate” for women.
“Senator John McCain’s choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate is a cynical effort to appeal to disappointed Hillary Clinton voters and get them to vote, ultimately, against their own self-interest,” she said. “Governor Palin may be the second woman vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket, but she is not the right woman. Sadly, she is a woman who opposes women’s rights, just like John McCain.”
Even so, a recent FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll shows that the most important issue confronting female voters in the 2008 election is the economy, and the McCain campaign said it thinks her record in Alaska will sway voters.
“Governor Palin is going to be an invaluable addition to the ticket because she understands the importance of respecting and understanding the American taxpayer and fighting wasteful spending,” McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds told FOXNews.com on Friday.
“She is an exceedingly effective leader on the energy issue and understands that McCain’s focus to bring down energy costs will translate across the economy,” Bounds added.
Among those women surveyed in the poll, 40 percent said the economy is their number one issue, followed by health care at 13 percent, the Iraq War at 12 percent and terrorism/national security at 8 percent. Three percent of those polled said abortion rights were their top concern.
Palin, serving her first a first term Republican governor of Alaska, has made energy costs a top priority in her administration, even advocating drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In August, Palin signed a measure to suspend gasoline taxes for one year and give a one-time $1,200 payment to residents as part of an effort to ease the strain of high energy prices.
McCain’s selection of Palin as the first Republican woman vice presidential candidate is the latest — and boldest — attempt by the GOP to target women in this election. A mother of five children, Palin’s self-made story will be used to reach out to women, McCain campaign aides say.
Appearing at a rally Friday in Dayton, Ohio, Palin referenced the historic nature of her candidacy and paid tribute to prominent female politicians who have preceded her — most notably Clinton, who lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama in a contentious primary race.
“It is fitting that this trust has been given to me almost 88 years to the day after women of America first gained the right to vote,” Palin said.
Clinton won 18 million voters and emerged as the clear favorite among Democratic women, according to polls released in June when Clinton withdrew from the race.
Palin, during her speech in Ohio, praised Clinton’s historic candidacy, saying she “showed such determination and grace.”
“It was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America, but it turns out the women of America aren’t finished yet and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all,” she said.
Others cite Palin’s foreign policy inexperience as yet another challenge facing the Alaska governor in securing Clinton voters.
In a statement released Friday, Alaska Democratic Party communications director Kay Brown said, “John McCain will have to explain why he believes Sarah Palin, the former mayor of a town of 7,000 with absolutely no foreign policy experience, is the best person to serve literally a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

August 29, 2008

To Kill an American

You probably missed this in the rush of news, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper, an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American. So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is. So they would know when they found one. (Good one, mate!!!!)

'An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan. An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native Americans.An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan.The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them chooses. An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.
An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world.

The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence , which recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness. An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return. When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country!

As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan . Americans welcome the best of everything....the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services. But they also welcome the least. The national symbol of America , The Statue of Liberty , welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built America . Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the m orning of September 11, 2001 earning a better life for their families.

It's been told that the World Trade Center victims were from at least 30 different countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists. So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world. But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself . Because Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.

August 26, 2008

Obama OK'd ‘Live Born’ Abortion

Sen. Barack Obama’s pick of Sen. Joseph Biden, a pro-choice Catholic, will most certainly raise the abortion issue to a new level in the campaign.
Obama’s own record on abortion is steeped in controversy.
Barack Obama not only has a perfect record in opposing pro-life legislation, he even fought against a bill protecting the right to life of a baby born alive.
Author David Freddoso chronicles Obama’s radical pro-abortion record in his best-selling book “The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media’s Favorite Candidate.”

In March 2001, a bill was introduced in the Illinois Senate, where Obama was then serving, that stated in part: “A live child born as a result of an abortion shall be fully recognized as a human person and accorded immediate protection under the law.”
The bill came following an investigation of a Chicago-area hospital that left babies born alive to die without medical care.
“This bill was not an abortion law,” Freddoso writes. “It did not confer any right or legal status upon any baby not yet born. This bill had no legal conflicts with Roe v. Wade … Born and living survivors of abortion would be unambiguously considered ‘persons.’ Medically, scientifically, empirically, they were no different from the many premature babies who are born in American hospitals each year.”
Nevertheless, Sen. Obama spoke against the bill on the Senate floor.
He was the only senator to do so.
Arguing against the bill, Obama declared: “This is probably not going to survive constitutional scrutiny. Number one, whenever we define a pre-viable fetus as a person that is protected by the equal protection clause or other elements in the Constitution, what we’re really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to … a nine-month-old child that was delivered to term. That determination, then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place … This would be an anti-abortion statute.”
According to Freddoso, Obama’s stance disregarded language in the bill that clearly stated it applied only to babies that have already been born.
Obama voted “present” on the bill. It passed the Senate, but later died in a House committee.
In 2002, the legislation was reintroduced in three separate bills. Obama voted against the two bills that received a vote and, once again, spoke in opposition on the Senate floor.
Obama also has opposed restrictions on partial-birth abortion, a late-term abortion that kills a partially delivered living fetus and is considered by some to be tantamount to infanticide.
Freddoso writes: “Obama has also voted ‘present’ (again, effectively a ‘no’ vote) on requiring parental notification (not parental consent) when minor children obtain abortions…
“I could find no instance in his entire career in which he voted for any regulation or restriction on the practice of abortion.”
Freddoso also quotes conservative columnist Terence P. Jeffrey: “Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion presidential candidate ever.”
And if elected, he would likely become the most pro-abortion president ever. In July 2007, Obama spoke before the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and said: “The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.”
Freddoso observes: “This bill would effectively cancel every state, federal, and local regulation of abortion, no matter how modest or reasonable. It would even, according to the National Organization of Women, abolish all state restrictions on government funding for abortions….
“In promising to sign this bill, Obama is promising to abolish state laws that protect doctors and nurses from losing their jobs if they refuse to participate in abortions. He is promising to abolish requirements for parental notification and informed consent for mothers who consider the procedure…
“Politicians’ promises are often empty, but this one deserves to be taken seriously.”

Article from: Newsmax

August 25, 2008


I had previously placed this link on the old Cubanazos.com. It really comes in handy if you want to listen to the most recent reports from NOAA Weather Radio. I have taken the opportunity to post this now since there is a possibility of hurricane Gustav threating Florida.

Click on the link below and you'll be able to hear the most recent reports with your Windows Media Player.

These reports are constantly updated and are very dependable since they come directly from the weather station itself!


August 19, 2008

The Arrogant Fraud

This is an hilariously funny video of the "Real" "O" Bama. The great orator who has mesmerized the liberal masses, as well as most socialist leaning moderate Democrats. Lose the TelePrompTer (as he does) and he reverts to the stumbling, bumbling fraud he is.
His greatest accomplishment is masquerading as a patriotic American candidate for the presidency!


August 3, 2008

Double-Decker Tour Buses Hit Havana

HAVANA — Red-and-blue, double-decker buses have begun bouncing down the Cuban capital's potholed streets on sightseeing tours inspired by those in locales from London to Mexico City.
But instead of Piccadilly Circus or the Eiffel Tower, this ride lets visitors cruise past crumbling buildings frozen in the 1950s and gawk at billboards featuring Fidel Castro and the likeness of Ernesto "Che" Guevara that looms over Revolution Plaza. Stops include the Havana Hilton - which Castro seized and renamed the Havana Libre, or "Free Havana" hotel, when he took power in 1959 - and Ernest Hemingway's favourite watering hole, El Floridita.
Fitting on an island plagued by woeful public transportation, the tourist fleet features just 12 buses - three of them double-decker. Still, Havana residents have begun to hop aboard just to get from place to place, since the tour buses offer some of the few direct rides from downtown to public beaches east of Havana.
"It gives you a good overview of the city," Argentine tourists Karina and Carlos Oxandaburu said almost in unison aboard the upper deck of a tour bus on a recent Saturday.
The were looking forward to touring Revolution Plaza, a sprawling, square of concrete where Fidel Castro and his brother Raul have offices. The towering Guevara sculpture is affixed to an Interior Ministry building nearby.
Stenciled with the English phrase "Hop on! Hop off!," the tour buses cover 150 kilometres along three routes. One leaves the plaza and heads to the historic district, stopping at La Floridita and the nearby Capitolio, a replica of the U.S. Capitol that's slightly taller than Washington's version.
Another route goes down the beach-front Malecon boulevard, while the third leaves from Central Park and ends at Santa Maria, a beach east of the city.
All three double-decker buses ply the Malecon. Two were special orders from China and the other is on loan from the beach resort of Varadero, 140 kilometres east of Havana.
Gretel Gomez, commercial director for the state-run concern that handles transportation for tourists, said officials plan to add more double-decker buses by the end of the year.
More than two million visitors come to Cuba a year, even though Washington's trade embargo prohibits American tourists. Gomez said more than 20,000 people have ridden tour buses since they began running May 6.
She said officials first proposed double-decker buses for Havana in 2002, but tabled the plan because public transportation was so spotty that snazzy tour buses might have insulted ordinary Cubans.
"We had to wait until transportation got better," she said.
While problems persist, the government is spending US$2 billion to import 3,000 modern, accordion-style buses from China. That opened the door for double-decker tours.
Tour bus tickets cost five convertible pesos, about $6, and allow riders to get on and off at 44 stops. That's a lot of ground for not a lot of money - so much so that some Cubans who live east of the city have begun climbing aboard as if they were normal buses.
"Every day it's more Cubans," said tour bus driver Ernesto Gay.
Still, almost everyone in Cuba works for the government, and the average state salary is US$19.50 per month, meaning the trip is a luxury for many.
"It's ideal for getting to know the city," said Edelma Rodriguez, a 54-year-old housewife who was riding a tour bus during a recent visit from her home in Matanzas province. "It's a little expensive for Cubans, but once a year you can afford to have this kind of fun."